I am currently a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame – and I study primarily economic sociology, but also cultural sociology, organizations, networks, morality, and cognition. My projects seem to gravitate toward two epicenters: cross-cultural comparisons of solutions to coordination problems, and searching for the cognitive foundations in institutional analysis.
Previously, I attended Montana State University’s sociology program and was an AmeriCorps member for 2 years in Bozeman, Montana. I then served in the US Peace Corps in the Republic of Azerbaijan. I recently finished my Master’s in Sociology, the sequence in Community and Economic Development, at Illinois State’s Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development . (Which, has continued to rank in the top 10 in the nation for the past few years among Peace Corps Master’s International programs.) I rounded off my experience abroad working in the banking industry in Japan and traveling throughout Asia. More importantly, I fall madly in love with each new place I step.
My roots are (not without a bit of pride) firmly planted in the western Montana soil – back 5 generations on both sides. I stayed in Montana well into my twenties, steeping my prejudice in the peculiar antics of rural, mountain culture. Then, I briefly lived south of the American Windy City, followed by a much longer stint in a slow town nestled in the Greater Caucasus mountains – not far from the Caspian Windy City, but closer to the capital of the (Republic of) Georgia. I then – somehow – landed on an island in the East Asian Pacific, and got along just fine, watching the sun set over China’s south sea. For a few short stints, I rotated around the craft-beer epicenter of the United States (Fort Collins, in case you planned to argue otherwise). And, during my time abroad, I got married in three different countries (to the same wonderful lady). Finally, I moved from Cowboy country to Hoosier country, where I will likely stay put for the foreseeable tomorrow.
Below is a breakdown of my research interests (in order of reverse pyramid):
- Relational, Figurational and Network Sociology
- Institutional and Organizational Sociology
- Development and Economic Sociology
- Global and Comparative Sociology
- Cultural Sociology and Cognition
- Morality and Religion
- You can connect with me on LinkedIn or have a look at my CV in PDF: Dustin Stoltz’s Curriculum Vitae
- I’m not entirely sure of their utility, but I do have profiles on the various academic social networking platforms: Academia.edu and Researchgate.net, and I am also a “Mendeley Advisor”. You can check out my mostly bare-bones Google Scholar page, or Follow @dustinstoltz
- I’ve tried to be pro-active and acquire an ORCiD: 0000-0002-4774-0765, as well as a ResearcherID: B-1827-2014.
- I am also a member of the Relational Studies in Sociology Network, as well as a member of the Figurational Research Network of the Norbert Elias Foundation.